The "How-To" books upon our shelves
Can never change the fact
That we are hopeless by ourselves,
Unless our God will act.
Except the Lord through us will build,
Our labor is in vain,
But as we do as God has willed,
Our work He will sustain.
Except the Lord shall safely keep
Our souls by His own power,
The watchman vainly loses sleep,
Though vigilant each hour.
Except the Lord shall give His peace,
We vainly strive and fret,
But when we trust Him, worries cease
With which we were beset.
We thank You, Lord, that You have shown
That triumph over strife
Is found in trusting You alone
In every part of life.